30 Rock is in its last season on NBC this fall, but when he announced the series’ ending, network president Robert Greenblatt said of Tina Fey, “[we] hope she will be in the NBC family for years to come.” And NBC loves Amy Poehler on Parks and Recreation, but its ratings are low, and there’s some question what kind of future the show has in the future NBC of “broader” comedies that the network announced last summer.
But NBC is keeping its two favorite funny women on the air—at least for one night, as co-hosts of the Golden Globes next January. To which I can only say: what took so long? Poehler has been one of the funniest folks going at the last couple of Emmys, at which she engineered elaborate bits involving her fellow best-actress nominees. And Fey—besides, well, being brilliant generally, has been a presenter to look forward to, in performances like her co-presenting with Steve Martin at the Academy Awards.
There’s been a bit of a tendency of awards show lately to go edgy to get attention—Ricky Gervais’ war on Hollywood at the recent Globes, and the Oscar decision to have Seth MacFarlane[!] host the Academy Awards. But Fey and Poehler seem like the kind of hosts not just well-suited to each other—having come up together on Saturday Night Live—but to the idea of keeping the boozy, lighthearted Globes a good time without fighting against the format.
NBC clearly loves Fey and Poehler, but it’s having some trouble right now figuring out a version of NBC that keeps their comedy on the air in prime time. Maybe they could just host an awards show once a week?